Wayne Messam announces campaign stops in South Carolina, Nevada, California

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Messam will kick off the trip in South Carolina April 8-9.

Miramar Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Wayne Messam announced several campaign stops in the coming weeks as he attempts to separate himself from a crowded Democratic field.

On Tuesday, Messam revealed he’ll be appearing in South Carolina April 8-9. That will be followed by a stop in Nevada on April 10. He’ll close out his cross-country trip in California April 11-12.

As was the case in 2016, Nevada and South Carolina appear early on in the Democratic primary calendar.

Nevada’s caucus is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2020, making it the fourth primary or caucus of the Democrats’ cycle. The South Carolina primary will take place one week later, on Feb. 29.

Those contests will be followed by California’s primary on March 3, also known as “Super Tuesday.” That’s a huge change from last time around, where the Democrat-rich state held its primary toward the end of the process.

Messam’s decision to devote attention to California is a smart play, and likely a necessary one. With plenty of delegates up for grabs, a strong showing in California could give him, or any other candidate, a potential path to victory.

Among other issues to be discussed during his trip, Messam says he plans to cover his plan to cancel outstanding student loan debt as a means of attempting to provide a stimulus for the economy.

Messam unveiled the plan in the lead-up to his decision to join the presidential race.

Ryan Nicol

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